The government is pumping new investment into tackling business crime with the creation of dedicated business crime reduction advisors across the regions.

Under plans unveiled by home office minister Hazel Blears, the advisors will be tasked with developing new measures to tackle retail crime and forging stronger partnerships between local authorities, police and business.

Although the government’s 2002 commercial victimisation survey revealed that the percentage of retailers experiencing burglary, theft and fraud had gone down, violent crime was on the rise, according to Blears.

British Retail Consortium assistant director for retail crime policy Mike Schuck said the move showed the government was starting to take business crime seriously after years of neglect.

“Last year the Home Office spent just £3m on business crime out of £170m spent on regional crime reduction. When you think about it, that’s obscene.”

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